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MEMA gives update on storm damage; thousands without power

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued an update on the damage and injuries caused by yesterday’s potent storm system. MEMA has received reports of damage from seven counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state. No fatalities have been reported. The state has deployed a mobile communications trailer and is establishing ...

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Corps sends personnel to areas affected by Sandy

VICKSBURG — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tasked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist with the disaster relief mission underway in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Three Vicksburg District employees, Jasper Lummus, Greg Williams and Lamar Jenkins are onsite serving as subject matter experts for debris removal efforts in Philadelphia, Pa., and Colt Neck, N.J. Jasper ...

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Oil seeping from failed 2010 spill-prevention equipment

GULF OF MEXICO — A sheen on the Gulf of Mexico likely came from oil seeping out of a piece of discarded equipment that failed to contain BP PLC’s massive 2010 oil spill, the company and the Coast Guard said. A statement from BP said a three-day inspection confirmed that its Macondo well, which blew out and led to the ...

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MEMA gives update on Isaac's impact on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Hurricane Isaac has slowed in the Gulf and continues to send torrential rains over already rain-soaked areas throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Emergency operations continue for Mississippians affected by the storm with the following updates given at 7 a.m. this morning by MEMA: • Shelters: 31 shelters across the ...

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Severe storms cause widespread damage, one fatality

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Emergency management officials in Holmes County say severe weather may be to blame for one death in Lexington after a tree fell on a home late yesterday afternoon. According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, five counties so far have reported damage from severe weather that moved across Mississippi yesterday. Damage reports by county are as follows: ...

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MDEQ begins planning oil spill damage assessment

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has begun the restoration planning phase of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process in the wake of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill. MDEQ also published a Notice of Intent to conduct Restoration Planning. The state’s action was mirrored by other state and federal entities who also filed a Notice of ...

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State officials keeping wary eye on Bonnie

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Haley Barbour and several state agencies are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Bonnie moving through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Gulf Coast, and are urging residents to prepare for potential landfall. “This storm system may bring strong winds, heavy rain and possible storm surge to Mississippi’s coastline, and I urge everyone to take the proper ...

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Disaster area grows from record tornado

Gov. Haley Barbour yesterday added Governor Haley Barbour added Mississippi counties with heavy damage from the weekend’s deadly tornado to his request for a federal disaster declaration. Barbour added Attala, Holmes and Warren counties to the disaster area, bringing the total number of affected counties to five. The two counties covered in Barbour’s previous declaration were Yazoo and Choctaw. Barbour is ...

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Tornado cleanup kicks into high gear

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has developed three debris management guidance documents in response to this weekend’s storm events. MDEQ is providing information to local governments on selecting temporary emergency debris sites, the locations of existing solid waste sites, and dealing with asbestos. “As a native of Yazoo County, I understand clearly the challenges facing local ...

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Obama calls Barbour about tornado, oil spill

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama is expressing his concern for the people of Mississippi after a deadly tornado struck the state over the weekend. Obama called Gov. Haley Barbour on yesterday to discuss the federal response to the storms. At least 10 people in rural Mississippi and two in Alabama died from the storms. Obama and Barbour also discussed ...

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